October 12, 2017
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
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MARIETTA - On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the City Council and the Marietta Fire Department honored third grade students from local schools who participated in a poster contest as part of the nationwide Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 fire that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
Fire Prevention Week is celebrated the 2nd week of October each year to coincide with the original date of the Great Chicago Fire. Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center. Its intent is to keep the public informed on Fire Safety, Education and Prevention.
Third graders from Marietta City Schools submitted 155 posters during the contest. This year’s theme was “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.”
Poster Contest Winners:
Helen Owens, A.L. Burruss Elementary School
Nia Anderson, Dunleith Elementary School
Audrey Wilson, Hickory Hills Elementary School
Arii Wells, Lockheed Elementary School
Alex Pritt, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
Melanie Escobar, Park Street Elementary School
Peyton Arrington, Westside Elementary School
Grand Prize: Melanie Escobar, Park Street Elementary School